The ugliness of the GOP

This is so outlandish, the world needs a new word to describe the fuckery going on here. A new attack ad that John McCain released is so disgustingly twisted, I’m just left stunned by his lack of honor in campaigning and his penchant for distorting the facts.
Here’s some backstory to preface: while in Illinois, Barack Obama supported legislation that basically advocated providing K-12 students with age appropriate sex ed (I had sex ed in school, who didn’t?) For the young children, it would be about the difference between a “good touch” and “bad touch” – it was meant to protect children from child molesters! But yesterday, John McCain put out this ad entitled “Education”-



They use a smiling image of Obama under a voiceover implying the man wants to teach inappropriate sex ed to kindergarteners? That is SICK. We can debate the merits of educating kids in public schools about pedophiles, but to pretend that wasn’t the aim of the legislation to begin with, is disgraceful. (eta- except no, we can’t debate the merits of protecting kids against pedophiles. This is the most heinous crime ever and our kids really need as much protection as possible.) But even worse, did you know some of those articles cited within the McCain ad either go on to criticize McCain’s own education plans, or even compliment Obama’s? Yep.
Obama’s campaign released a statement:
“It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls – a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds. Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn’t define what honor was. Now we know why.” ~ Obama spokesman Bill Burton in an emailed statement.
Oh, but let’s not stop there. McCain released a new ad today accusing Obama of sexism against Palin because he used that old saying, “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig…” when describing McCain/Palin policies. But guess what? McCain used that SAME PHRASE this year to describe Hillary Clinton’s health care plan- Click for video.
Am I to understand it’s OK for McCain to use that phrase? Was he calling Hillary a pig? This is utterly ridiculous.
Obama’s campaign has not released ONE ad that stoops to these sorts of distortions. Not ONE. Check out Obama’s YouTube profile, his ads are usually in response to some attack ad of McCain’s, OR they talk about substantive issues. Now, check out McCain’s YouTube profile. It is jam packed with attack ads aimed at Obama.
After the attacks John McCain suffered against George Bush back in 2000, WHY is he doing this now? He’s no maverick. He’s doing exactly what George W. Bush did, so I can only conclude a McCain administration would be exactly the same too. He talks about honor and country first, but these sorts of distortions don’t benefit America. They benefit him.
I was horrified by what McCain suffered in 2000 and am equally horrifed now. McCain used to be a man of honor and deserving of respect. I am appalled by the changes in him as he tries for the White House. Political opinions aside, this is not the type of person to be the president.

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  1. I couldn’t agree more. I’m astonished by the level of sleaze that is coming from the McCain campaign. The two items you site are excellent examples – add them to the McCain add that suggested that Obama is the anti-Christ.
    I had hoped that we’d have a substantive election focusing on issues. It appears that McCain doesn’t want that.

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